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Travers Smith LLP

  • 25 vacancies
  • 52 trainees
  • 83 partners
  • 719 staff

About Travers Smith LLP

Travers Smith is an award-winning independent City law firm with a reputation for enterprising thinking and uncompromising quality in all of its chosen fields.

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More info

Apply online through cvMail via our website at www.traverssmith.com for a training contract commencing in either September 2022 or March 2023. Applications open on 1 October 2019 and the deadline is 31 July 2020.

The training contract is a two stage process. Your first interview will be with a graduate recruitment partner who will be aiming to find out more about you. If you are selected to attend a second interview this will be held with two partners at our London office.

Following your interview, a trainee will give you a tour of our offices, which gives you the chance to meet more partners, associates, trainees and other members of the firm.


Applications to

Ms Germaine VanGeyzel

Method of application

Online application form

Method of assessment

  • Partner interview

It is not just law at Travers Smith. We treat our clients’ business as our business, their dispute as our dispute, their challenges as ours.

We act for publicly-listed and private companies, financial services and private equity clients, as well as other business enterprises involved in large and complex UK and cross-border matters, transactions and disputes.

Our clients know that wherever in the world they or their ambitions lie, we will work as one of their team to get things done. And they know that we do so in a straight-talking, thoughtful and open way.

Diversity and independence of thought are key to our success. We know each other well and we know that we get the best results when we act as a team – not just within our legal teams, but right across our firm where we welcome diversity of thought and views from everyone. This is our difference and we are proud of it.


What we do

The main areas of our practice are commercial (including IP and IT), competition, corporate, dispute resolution, employment, finance, financial services and markets, incentives and remuneration, investment funds, operational risk and environment, pensions, real estate, restructuring and insolvency, and tax.

GDL and LPC paid in full and maintenance grant provided.


Diversity & inclusion and corporate social responsibility 

Our market leading diversity and CSR programmes are bold, exciting and ever expanding. Creating an inclusive workplace where people can be themselves and reach their full potential is a key business priority for Travers Smith. Our focus on diversity and social responsibility is integral to how we serve our clients, develop our people and play a leadership role in our communities. 

Strategic partnerships

We have developed partnerships with other external networks and organisations aimed at promoting a culture of inclusion and mutual respect in industry and in the wider community, including; City Parents, Educating Matters, Stonewall, The Women's Sport Trust, InterLaw, myGwork, City Horizons, Aspiring Solicitors, Rare Recruitment, and JustLikeUs. 

Working with local communities

We are committed to working with our local communities: developing meaningful ties with schools, universities and community groups, and using our own influence and legal expertise to help give people better opportunities to access the legal profession. Highlights of our work include:

  • Lawyers in Schools Programme 
  • Prime work experience 
  • Reading Partners
  • BEE Financial Literacy 
  • Prospects

Pro bono 

Our award winning pro bono programme is designed to give individuals and organisations, both at home and abroad, the opportunity to access levels of legal advice that would not normally be obtainable. Highlights include: 

  • Refugees at Home
  • Stonewall
  • Giving Time
  • Legal Advice Centres 
  • A4ID 
  • Brighter Futures Zambia 

CSR art programme 

The art programme is at the heart of our corporate social responsibility work and underlines our CSR commitment from the moment someone steps into our offices. Delivered in partnership with the University of Westminster and The Royal College of Art, with support from Serpentine Galleries, our art programme supports emerging artists with the transition from student life to professional practice.

Students spend two weeks with the firm; each week they are able to experience a different department, sharing an office with partners, associates and trainees.

The work will include attending meetings, drafting documents and letters and carrying out research. We extend our internal seminar programme to include a number of talks, case studies and negotiating exercises specifically for students to give an authentic taste of a City lawyer's work. The timetable also includes a City tour, plenty of social activities including softball and the option to be involved in sporting activities such as mixed hockey, netball and football. There are also working lunches and informal evening events.

The firm’s comprehensive training programme ensures that trainees experience a broad range of work. All trainees sit with partners and associates, which ensures a refreshing lack of hierarchy. It also means that trainees receive individual and extensive training from experienced lawyers, and can look forward to client contact, and the responsibility that goes with it, from day one. 

During the two-year training contract, trainees spend six months in our corporate department and another six months in either the dispute resolution or the employment departments. The firm offers you a choice for your other two seats in two of our other specialist departments. Trainees may also have the opportunity to spend six months in the firm’s Paris office.

Travers Smith is a collegiate firm – we treat people with respect, allowing them to conduct business in the most effective way for our clients.  This has led to a climate of shared goals, supported by a friendly and engaging team spirit.

  • Corporate
  • Commercial
  • IP
  • IT
  • Commercial real estate
  • Competition
  • Dispute resolution
  • Employment
  • Finance
  • Financial services
  • Financial markets
  • Investment funds
  • Operational risk
  • Environment
  • Pensions
  • Tax
  • General Commercial
  • Corporate & Commercial

Practice Areas

Extra info

10 Snow Hill, London, EC1A 2AL
Phone: 020 7295 3000
Email: graduate.recruitment@traverssmith.com
Web: www.traverssmith.com/careers/graduate-recruitment
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 72
Minimum qualification: AAB (at A level) and 2.1 degree
Start salary: £46,500
Sponsorship: GDL/LPC
Starting salary: £46,500
Has client secondments: Yes
Client secondments:
  • Banks
Has overseas secondments: Yes
Overseas secondments:
  • Paris
  • London
  • Paris
  • A4ID
  • Brighter Futures Zambia
  • Giving Time
  • Legal Advice Centres
  • Refugees at Home
  • Aspiring Solicitors
  • BEE Financial Literacy
  • City Horizons
  • City Parents
  • Educating Matters
  • Lawyers in Schools
  • PRIME
  • Rare Recruitment
  • Reading Partners
  • Stonewall
  • The Women's Sport Trust